Trump wants a billionaire crony to ‘review’ intelligence agencies

Posted by | February 15, 2017 22:19 | Filed under: Top Stories

For the third night in a row, big news breaks at 10pmEDT.

I agree with several pundits who believe that Donald Trump is attempting to intimidate the intelligence community – and it will backfire badly.

President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence community fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview.

The possible role for Stephen A. Feinberg, a co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, has met fierce resistance among intelligence officials already on edge because of the criticism the intelligence community has received from Mr. Trump during the campaign and since he became president. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump blamed leaks from the intelligence community for the departure of Michael T. Flynn, his national security adviser, whose resignation he requested.

There has been no announcement of Mr. Feinberg’s job, which would be based in the White House, but he recently told his company’s shareholders that he is in discussions to join the Trump administration. He is a member of Mr. Trump’s economic advisory council.

Mr. Feinberg, who has close ties to Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, declined to comment on his possible position. The White House, which is still working out the details of the intelligence review, also would not comment.

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By: dave-dr-gonzo

David Hirsch, a.k.a. Dave "Doctor" Gonzo*, is a renegade record producer, video producer, writer, reformed corporate shill, and still-registered lobbyist for non-one-percenter performing artists and musicians. He lives in a heavily fortified compound in one of Manhattan's less trendy neighborhoods.

* Hirsch is the third person to use the pseudonym, a not-so-veiled tribute to journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson, with the permission of his predecessors Gene Gaudette of American Politics Journal (currently webmaster and chief bottlewasher at Liberaland) and Stephen Meese at Smashmouth Politics.

26 responses to Trump wants a billionaire crony to ‘review’ intelligence agencies

  1. Jack E Raynbeau February 16th, 2017 at 00:16

    Trump* is not well.

    • Obewon February 16th, 2017 at 00:44

      Donnies delusional disorders (paranoias) are expanding faster than the universe. Trump fears the Womp rats stalking him just beyond his peripheral vision, wherever he wanders.

      • whatthe46 February 16th, 2017 at 10:22

        when all you’ve done is dirt all your life, it’s no surprise that he’s paranoid. only the guilty go insane. and i can’t stand anyone who voted for this orange hairball. and i can’t stand people who tell me, “don’t be upset with them, they’ve apologized for voting for him now.” fk that! too damn late.

        • crc3 February 16th, 2017 at 12:31

          I’m in a bad situation at work because my boss voted for him. Nobody else in the store voted for him so we all walk on egg shells not talking about it when she (yes she) is around…

          • Larry Schmitt February 16th, 2017 at 12:43

            I don’t know which is worse, having your boss or a family member (or several) as trump supporters. We have to agree not to talk about politics whenever we get together. I avoid them on Facebook.

          • whatthe46 February 16th, 2017 at 12:45

            that’s got to be so uncomfortable.

    • crc3 February 16th, 2017 at 12:28

      Classic case of paranoid schizophrenia…

  2. fahvel February 16th, 2017 at 04:43

    sheeeit, just let the loon keep playing with grownups – eventually all little brats get sent to their rooms. some, with a case of Aspergers, get sent to soft places –

  3. Mike February 16th, 2017 at 07:07

    The IC already has all the info they need to keep this idiot in line, notice how Trump’s CIA chief went against him on the Flynn thing and sided with the CIA.

  4. Willys41 February 16th, 2017 at 09:44

    Yeah, this will really distract everybody from the Trump circus, center ring.

  5. whatthe46 February 16th, 2017 at 10:05

    all he’s doing is further pissing off the intelligence agencies. i say keep it up. the more of an ass he is, the stronger their resolve will be to bust this POS.

  6. Charlie Seivard February 16th, 2017 at 10:38

    Bring the white wash and the deodorant since the truth will take a bath.

  7. Willys41 February 16th, 2017 at 11:01

    “Another day in Paradise” LoL.

  8. bpollen February 16th, 2017 at 12:02

    The results of the review are in… “Just like Russia!”

  9. Larry Schmitt February 16th, 2017 at 12:15

    Per the Post, he’s just not interested in actually being president:

    But to the president, it’s still all about the election.
    “The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story — RUSSIA. Fake news!” Trump tweeted Thursday, noting in parentheses the number of electoral votes he won in November.
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    Trump shows little interest in a growing pile of evidence that Russia attempted to influence the outcome of the election. And he doesn’t seem curious about whether those who worked for him had improper contact with Russian agents.

    • crc3 February 16th, 2017 at 12:25

      If Rump had no ties whatsoever with Russia and other foreign countries he would have released his tax returns. IMO…he’s as guilty as Hitler until his tax returns are released and reveal otherwise…

      • Larry Schmitt February 16th, 2017 at 12:29

        During the campaign he kept claiming he couldn’t release them because he was being audited. Someone who used to work for the IRS said that was BS. Which we all knew anyway. But he still used it. Then he quit using even that phony excuse. Now that he won, there’s no reason for him to. He knows it will expose all kinds of things he wants to keep in the dark.

        • crc3 February 16th, 2017 at 18:59

          There are plenty of reasons for him to release those tax records. They will reveal a lot of information about the flow of money to and from foreign countries and governments. The pompous a* even admitted during the campaign he hasn’t paid taxes in years by saying “I’m smart”. He needs to fall HARD…

  10. William February 16th, 2017 at 13:18

    Yeah, I’m sure the Trump camp and the GOP will be all over this.

    • Larry Schmitt February 16th, 2017 at 13:25

      And emails. Don’t forget the emails.

    • Larry Schmitt February 16th, 2017 at 13:27

      Remember, the word “oversight” can have two meanings, essentially the opposite of each other: ” watchful and responsible care” and “an inadvertent omission or error.”

      • William February 16th, 2017 at 13:44

        Oversight? I wouldn’t hold my breath. Remember. Orange Hitler nominated McConnells wife for transportation secretary. Aren’t you glad we avoided all that Hillary pay-for-play nonsense?

        • Larry Schmitt February 16th, 2017 at 13:53

          It’s too bad the nepotism restrictions don’t extend that far. Something smells about a congressman’s wife being in the cabinet. Even a relatively meaningless position such as this one. He already gets enough salary and perks and kickbacks, isn’t that enough for them?

  11. Gina Bousquet February 16th, 2017 at 13:35

    Hope he pisses them bigly so they have a role in wiping him out of the WH

  12. dewired4u February 16th, 2017 at 17:06

    the noose tightens………..

  13. amersham1046 February 16th, 2017 at 20:36

    Another 1%ers sitting in judgment on a subject he is totally clueless on

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